交響樂

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Percy Leung:港樂新樂季精選一覽

自 2012 年梵志登接替艾度.迪華特擔任香港管弦樂團的音樂總監後,這支城中旗艦級管弦樂團的水準有著戲劇性的進步。極高質量、精確地奏出每個音符,交融的聲音不同凡響,所有樂手都專心一致地回應梵志登流暢而投入的指揮。港樂新樂季的陣容令人印象深刻,以下是精選的亮點。

Percy Leung:敲擊樂手之苦

在我有份演奏的神劇,約瑟夫.海頓的「四季」中有 28 位小提琴手,即使其中一位出錯或是彈錯了一個音符,觀眾皆難以察覺。然而,作為敲擊樂手的我便沒有這般幸褔。在短短一節樂章中,我需要在 1 分鐘內兼顧敲擊低音鼓和鈸。當我猶如獨奏者般敲響這些樂器,正正由於它們迴蕩全場的響亮聲線,絲毫差錯都將顯露無遺。敲擊樂手若有半點差池,所有觀眾都一清二楚。
In my performance of Haydn’s The Seasons, there were 28 violinists. Hardly anyone in the audience, if any, would realise if a violinist had made a mistake or played a wrong note. However, this was not the case for me, who played the bass drum and cymbals together during the minute when I actually had to perform. As I was playing these instruments alone like a soloist, and because of the tremendous sounds that these instruments made, there was no hiding if I made a mistake. Everyone in the audience would know if I was late or early to an entry.

為甚麼當代沒有古典音樂?

當代是有古典音樂的,不過幾乎無人留意:不是在主流曲目音樂會裡,偷偷塞進一首新作,就是在音樂節,例如一年一度的「BBC 逍遙音樂節」(The Proms),聽眾才驚覺還有人創作古典音樂。樂評人 Ivan Hewett 分析當代古典音樂的死因,時代口味改變只屬其次,荒謬體制才是扼殺當代音樂家的元兇。

不懈堅持:禁止演奏的交響樂團

能加入國家交響樂團,想必是頂級樂手,但奏起「貝多芬第三交響曲」時顯得勉強,仔細聽還有點走音,按理實在難以接受,但若是緬甸國家交響樂團,還真情有可原。因為這個樂團在過去 12 年,只准舉辦 9 場公開演出,次數比香港任何一間名校的樂團都要少。